Wounded rhino poacher dies in hospital

2012-04-12 08:53

Durban - A rhino poacher wounded in a shoot-out in Ndumo has died in hospital, Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife said on Thursday.

"He passed away last night," said spokesperson Musa Mntambo.

He was wounded in a shoot-out with the wildlife's anti-poaching unit on Wednesday morning.

The unit was attempting to foil a rhino poaching attempt by three people, one of them armed.

"When these poachers were intercepted, the shooting ensued," Mntambo said at the time.

The armed poacher and one of his accomplices escaped and had not yet been found.

"The third one was badly injured and police were unable to speak to him in hospital before he passed away," he said.

  • Steve - 2012-04-12 08:56


      Jacques - 2012-04-12 09:04

      I love it!!! All of them should be shot!!!

      Steve - 2012-04-12 09:05

      @Jacques - now THIS is reporting at it's best!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-12 09:07

      Good!!! At least some good news.

      Gideon - 2012-04-12 09:13

      Yes, very good. Pity they didn't get some more while they were at it, BUT beggars can't be choosers! Well done lads!

      cwboshoff - 2012-04-12 09:55

      Yeah, pity he did not live long enough to give up his accomplices

      Janice - 2012-04-12 09:56

      he didnt "pass away"!!! IT FREKKED!!!!!

      sukhoipakfa - 2012-04-12 09:57

      Excellent,one heartless poacher dead.

      Clive - 2012-04-12 10:02

      mmm Maybe they should cut of his " HORN " and put it in a poachers display

      spartanx93 - 2012-04-12 10:03

      best news all morning!

      Frank - 2012-04-12 10:04

      I hope they shot him through the nose and the horn!! Vermin deluxe and good riddance. His family should be made to pay as well as they are the rest of the vermin sitting around uselessly waiting for the spoils!

      Michael - 2012-04-12 10:19

      Clive, No they should cut his horn and keep it as a trophy.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-12 11:25

      I am normally not a vindictive person and find little pleasure in someone getting their "just rewards"....then why is it that I find NO pity in my heart for this bastard ...

      Greg - 2012-04-12 14:18

      anti-poaching unit - I salute you!!

      Thabang - 2012-04-12 18:50

      Killing the poaching guy is like picking a fruit from a tree. U need to deal with the root(sindicates).It is easy for the syndicates to get another person to do rhino poaching. The people that should be dealt with are the syndicates. There are thousands of poor people(including good once) that would be willing to take this risk as they are promised good money by these, Chinese and Vietnamese, sindicates.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-13 16:26

      I would have much preferred him to stay alive, this just until the news24 readers could have got hold of him - judging by these comments he can be thankful he did die quick!

  • Pixie86 - 2012-04-12 08:56


      Justme - 2012-04-12 09:25


      Felix - 2012-04-12 09:33

      I hope they saved his testies, they are great for curing cancer I've heard.

      stampalex - 2012-04-12 13:18

      They took him to hospital...??

  • JasonMichelleVanderbijlpark - 2012-04-12 08:57


  • Koketso - 2012-04-12 08:58

    You reap what you sow...

  • Lorain - 2012-04-12 09:00

    Not much of a loss.

      Eugene Walters - 2012-04-12 09:16

      the rat still got treated in hospital he is very lucky it wasnt me I would have fed him to the lions with a rhino horn up his rear

  • Barry - 2012-04-12 09:01

    Still would like to see the day when Poacher deaths out number that of Rhinos.

  • markvandiggelen - 2012-04-12 09:04

    What goes around comes around - you got what you deserve.

  • Junaid - 2012-04-12 09:06

    They should have ripped off his nose while he was still awake!

      Alan - 2012-04-12 09:36

      Or cut his horn off!

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-12 09:09

    My day just got better ...

  • Paul - 2012-04-12 09:09

    Hopefully the rangers continue hunting down and shooting these scum,infact the government should train the rangers as if they were soldiers and provide them with an arsenal of weapons and let the hunting commence,offer each ranger 10K a head for each poacher down and the poachers will b gone in a week...

  • Martin - 2012-04-12 09:09

    One down.I hope it was very very slow and painfull

  • Piet - 2012-04-12 09:10

    Why did it take so long.... To suffer you bastard....

  • Katoolsie - 2012-04-12 09:10

    Shoot all these people!! Die u scum!

  • Johan - 2012-04-12 09:10

    Who said N24 never give good news!

      Fussed - 2012-04-12 09:24

      @ Bongs, You will get a record thumbs down and still be hijacked

  • Bongani - 2012-04-12 09:10

    These men are poach because they have no job. Rather shoot the animal than have them hijack car and shoot me.

      JasonMichelleVanderbijlpark - 2012-04-12 09:15

      Bongs, that was a stupid comment...

      Betty - 2012-04-12 09:22


      Arthur - 2012-04-12 09:26

      Cars won't become extinct, bird brain, nor will the likes of you, unfortunately.

      Thinus - 2012-04-12 09:27

      They should shoot you for making such a stupid comment

      Massey - 2012-04-12 09:32

      It's people like you who are destroying and eating up our Beautiful country. Not thinking of tomorrow or what you leave behind for future generations. Maybe you should go run in front of an angry Rhino.

      Bongani - 2012-04-12 09:38

      you must be high again. How many times do you have to go to the rehab before you get clean. i am sure they call you by name now. I just wish he did not die this early. a week in hospital without pain killers would have been nice and then die.

      Nick - 2012-04-12 09:42

      yes they did shoot the animal and he news all morning

      David - 2012-04-12 09:42

      Shooting a rhino is greed not because they are hungry or unemployed! If they have the skill to poach a rhino, then they can surely hunt a buck or rabbit for food! IT IS GREED!

      npretorius2 - 2012-04-12 09:53

      If he went all the way to a nature reserve with a gun, and he was really hungry, he would have shot a deer or dolphin for food, not a rhino. There is a difference between greed and hunger.

      Dan - 2012-04-12 09:57


      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-12 10:05

      You idiot!!!!!!! D....s

      sukhoipakfa - 2012-04-12 10:06

      @Bongs,they should cut off your horn,you moron.

      Paul - 2012-04-12 10:07

      seriously??? You moron! They are greedy sons of b*tched who don't care about the fact that they are the sole cause for the extinction of the rhino! They're not hungry, they are greedy and the same goes for the people in the far east! If you really want an erection, get some viagra that actually works!

      Frank - 2012-04-12 10:09

      Please provide me with the pleasure to wound you and while you are screaming for help, allow me to hack your nose and horn off with a blunt panga. You sir, are a imbecile of note and shouldn't be allowed to walk around unaccompanied!

      Tasmee - 2012-04-12 10:28

      For your sake, I hope you are a troll. A person with such a little mind should'nt let it wander out alone.

      npretorius2 - 2012-04-12 10:37

      Just on a side note, this is the same Bongs who wrote this article, So I assume he can't count to potato

      Zee - 2012-04-12 10:43

      I think you are a poacher yourself with a comment like this! |THINK before you talk cr@p!!!! I'd rather shoot you and let all the animals live!!!

      Hettie - 2012-04-12 11:29


      Barry - 2012-04-12 11:44

      wow @ Bongs, with an attitude like that, Murphy might just screw you!!

      J-Man - 2012-04-12 12:00

      Maybe you should stop commenting. It hurts.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-12 12:02

      No Bongs, not because of no job, but because of greed. Do you think all the criminals in this country are victimising us humans just to put food on the table? Crime is a career some choose - I guess you can equate criminals to parasites - they live off the hard work of others.

      Irma - 2012-04-12 15:52

      No, these men poach because they are GREEDY. These syndicated pay a LOT of money to get the horns, don't think they're doing it because they are desperate.

      Azmeena - 2012-04-13 08:08

      Really Bongs? Really? First you write a stupid piece claiming that blacks can't be racist and now a comment like this. Seriously dude, you need a wake up call. It's idiots like you that make it impossible for South Africa to progress.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-04-12 09:10

    Hopefully it was a excruciatingly painful death!

      desertratbkf - 2012-04-12 09:12

      Actually why did they even take the vermin to hospital! They should have let him rot right there!

  • tmukasa - 2012-04-12 09:12

    I don't like it when a person dies. But for the first time I feel nothing.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-04-12 09:13

    Just a pity about the cost getting him to hospital and trying to save his worthless life .... that money could have been ploughed into the anti-poaching drive. Should have just left him where he fell......

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-04-12 09:14

    Good riddance..... Just wish he could've named his accomplices, boss or even buyers before he died.... Kill them, no mercy....

  • Vernon - 2012-04-12 09:14


      Vernon - 2012-04-12 09:15

      picked me up after hearing about biltong bob.

  • chris.piro2 - 2012-04-12 09:14

    Thanks god our future value Rhino's will be save if all the poaches can be killed at once .

  • Dave - 2012-04-12 09:14

    Good. Another bastard dead. Lets get more and feed them to the Hyenas. On second thoughts what have the Hyenas done wrong

  • Freddie - 2012-04-12 09:14

    Ek hoop hulle doen dieselfde mt plaasmoordenaars!O nee sorry dit is nie n prioriteit nie!

  • Kate - 2012-04-12 09:15


  • David - 2012-04-12 09:15

    Excellent news.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-04-12 09:16

    They are going to get more violent and defensive.

  • Mark - 2012-04-12 09:17

    Good for them!! should KILL them all.

  • pberchu - 2012-04-12 09:17

    Thats great news 1 less 500 more to go

  • Gavin - 2012-04-12 09:17

    BRILLIANT !!!!

  • Gavin - 2012-04-12 09:17

    Fantastic !!

  • Deon - 2012-04-12 09:18

    Score 1 for the good guys

  • vuyo.zuccherro.gqwaru - 2012-04-12 09:23

    Good riddance, hope would-be poachers are reading this article. Well done to the anti-poaching unit.

  • Bob - 2012-04-12 09:26

    Rhino 1 poacher 0..! Fantastic.

      Felix - 2012-04-12 09:52

      Unfortunately that score is way off :(

  • eve.carrington - 2012-04-12 09:26

    this is the best news I have heard in a long time! Pity the cops couldnt talk to him though! Let this be a lesson to the rest of you B*&$#%DS out there, go after our Rhino we will get you!

  • Les - 2012-04-12 09:27

    Hope he suffered first

  • Robin - 2012-04-12 09:28

    Good! But why was he in hospital at taxpayer's expense?

  • Anthony - 2012-04-12 09:28

    save the rhino, poach a poacher!

  • Zing - 2012-04-12 09:28

    Siestog . . .

      Lynton - 2012-04-12 09:53

      I am going to give you a thumbs up on the assumption that you were being sarcastic...

  • mduduziamadeus - 2012-04-12 09:28

    Good riddance. Now its time to act against these people who cut the fence claiming to be owners of the land in which the game reserve is built. Some of these morons are from one neighboring country. The rangers who corroborate with the poachers should be put behind bars too.

  • Morapedi - 2012-04-12 09:32

    Good job for the shooters, Goodbye to the poacher

  • Johnnie - 2012-04-12 09:32

    At least one bit of GOOD news for the day. Pity the other bastards got away, better luck next time.

  • Willem - 2012-04-12 09:33

    Good riddance to bad rubbish!!!

  • Karen - 2012-04-12 09:35

    Vrek jou vark! A bells to the man who shot the savage.

  • Pulverturm - 2012-04-12 09:35

    What a pity that his suffering is over...

      desertratbkf - 2012-04-12 10:28

      Agree, should have been at least another month or so. Mind you a waste of a hospital bed. Someone human could have used it! As I said. They should have left the vermin to rot right where he was shot!

  • erick.mamba - 2012-04-12 09:35

    We do unto U what you do unto the poor rhinos. Strong warning to the rhino poachers, its jst unfortunately the police couldn't get any info from him...

  • phosa.peter2 - 2012-04-12 09:35

    Sympathy to his family.he died for the course.watever cost a man's life for meetin the ends,tha man would be a hero even he's no more..blame unemployment not the action.

      Garth - 2012-04-12 09:39

      I feel no sympathy whatsoever!! Its easy to blame something else for one's actions! He got what he deserved

      Nick - 2012-04-12 09:47

      no idiot blame greed also blame anc for opening the borders and not protecting what should be a national and in fact a world treasure these idiots will get more money for 1kg horn that what he would have earned an entire year in an office job. we should also blame customs this is only country in world where you get off a plane and walk right trough no one in sight

      Felix - 2012-04-12 09:57

      I haven't been laid in a while, should I go out and rape someone? Wake up Phosa, it's the decisions we make that determine our moral code irrespective of our plight.

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-12 10:11

      unemployment my ass, if they sell their weapons back to their suppliers they can live for at least one year while looking for a job! I care a sh1t for any of their families - they are all accomplaces!! They deserve the same treatment for supoorting the poachers - f..... greedy morons!

      Tasmee - 2012-04-12 10:18

      Its a pity that you find an illegal activity acceptable because it is a means to an end. There just had to be one narrow, single vision comment amongst those applauding justice being served for a change! I take it that you find other crime such as housebreaking, armed robbery, hijacking, rape also a justifiable means to an end because of unemployment? Lay the blame on the millions that continue voting their corrupt government in!

      desertratbkf - 2012-04-12 10:32

      Ag guys! If this uni-cellular halfwit, chop, had one more brain cell, he'd bark! Sorry doggies, but do understand, he's below you!

      desertratbkf - 2012-04-12 10:33

      And why is there unemployment? Because of the vermin you idiots constantly vote into power!!!!! Go talk sh@t elsewhere!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-12 12:04

      Same excuse gets used for all crime. It's simply lame phosa, lame lame lame!

  • Chad - 2012-04-12 09:35

    One down, how many to go?

  • Paul - 2012-04-12 09:36


  • lydonmcg - 2012-04-12 09:37

    I hope the rhino got a nudge or two in with its horn before they whisked his away to hospital.

  • Goempie - 2012-04-12 09:42